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Daily Bullets (Dec. 17): Shane Illingworth Looks Good, Optimism Around the Bowl Game



The early signing day is coming up tomorrow – at least one recruit will be deciding if he’ll sign with the Pokes (joining others already decided). 

Bullets Rundown

• Illingworth takes
• Bowl game optimism
• Wild west recruiting for OSU

OSU Bullets

• PFB’s Dustin Ragusa finished his film look at incoming freshman quarterback Shane Illingworth and two comments were particularly encouraging.

Overall, he is a solid decision-maker and doesn’t force things that aren’t there, which is shown by his only two interceptions over the span of 230 attempts last season. [PFB]

Smart with the ball in his hands – now tell me more about his decision making.

Not only does he do a good job of throwing the ball away or tucking it and running, but he does an excellent job of going through his progressions. He has no problem looking to his second and third reads if the primary route is covered, and will even hit the check down if nothing is open downfield [PFB]

I love it. Just the kind of guy the Pokes need to add to the system.

• I appreciated the comments made by CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd about Cowboy Football after he named OSU his No. 25 team going into the bowls.

Chuba Hubbard led the country in rushing, became the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, should have won the Doak Walker Award and may be back for more. The redshirt sophomore posted on Instagram last week, “One more.” Hmm. [CBS Sports]

This is the kind of optimism I need in my Tuesday.

Oklahoma State Football has been recruiting… out west?

(Arizona’s Cade) Bennett, (Arizona’s Matt) Polk and Norco, California, quarterback Shane Illingworth are expected to sign with the Cowboys on Wednesday, consisting of roughly 18% of the recruiting class. OSU had 17 players committed before a hefty recruiting weekend that might produce more commitments.

With OSU’s recruiting efforts heavily targeting Folsom, California, running back Daniyel Ngata, the Cowboy class of 2020 stands to have a heavy Western flavor. [NewsOK]

• These comments on football theory resonated – they’re something that Oklahoma State used to believe as well. 

You can’t be a tough team if you don’t run the ball.

There seems to be less and less to this as the years go by. You do need toughness on defense, you need to be able to punch the ball in situationally on offense when facing short-yardage, and you can’t be all finesse all the time. But lots of teams are figuring this out without having to sacrifice efficiency with their approach on offense.

The 2019 LSU Tigers have a power run game they run from 11 personnel sets that feature flex TEs, it’s almost all they use for their run game and their RB went for over 1k yards this year. The potency of their passing game made their power run game an effective constraint. [Concerning Sports]

Of the 130 FBS programs, how many believe you can win with the pass setting up the run? My guess would be the ten that have a guy who will be in NFL camps in the next year or two plus a few Mike Leach disciples floating around.

The correct take is being flexible with the talent you have and not denying it based on stylistic preferences. If you’ve got a strong arm, let the big dog eat.

Can’t wait to see what Edmond player OSU lands in three years (the gap between Calvin Bundage and Trace Ford)

• This was a good “state of the roster” piece upcoming for Cowboy Football

• I’m all about Daniyel Ngata and Isaiah Jacobs but I need Wozniak on a plane recruiting the “Baby Bus”

• For a team known (in recent history) for it’s passing attack, it’s hard to find a more star-studded cast of running backs.

Non-OSU Bullets

• Where do American Christmas trees come from? (the real ones)
This Maine fishing group is throwing a wrench in my summer vacation plans
• Great faith-based questions to ask about social media
• Interesting – sounds like CP3 will be in OKC for the year (after his role in last night’s franchise record comeback, I’ll take him)

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